This year’s judging panels for the single manager and fund of hedge funds awards, chaired by awards editor Margie Lindsay, is composed of
William Benjamin: judging single manager awards
CIO Alternatives, HSBC Global Asset Management
William Benjamin is CIO Alternatives at HSBC Global Asset Management. He leads the investment teams focused on alternative strategies deployed via third party managers across liquid alternatives, hedge funds, private debt and private equity. He chairs the alternative investment committee.
Prior to this role at HSBC, Benjamin was with Goldman Sachs Asset Management in the alternative investments and manager selection group where he developed, advised and managed alternative and traditional investment strategies. He re-joined HSBC in May of 2016, having initially joined HSBC in 2001 as a research analyst and was appointed head of European research in 2007.
In 2012 Benjamin was named global head of hedge fund research and assumed responsibility for the team of hedge fund research professionals located in Europe, the US and Asia that have responsibility for the research, operational due diligence, selection and monitoring of hedge funds with HSBC client portfolios.
Giovanni D'Alesio: judging single manager and FoHF awards
Head of research – alternative investment solutions, GAM International Management
Giovanni D’Alesio is an investment director and the head of research for alternative investment solutions business at GAM Investments. He is responsible for leading GAM’s external fund manager research team and managing portfolios that combine external managers and other investment exposures. Prior to joining GAM in January 2020, D’Alesio was formerly a partner and head of investment origination at Capital Generation Partners, a private investment office. Before this he spent eight years at Italian fund of hedge funds Unifortune Asset Management, most recently as head of research, where he was responsible for all research and due diligence. D’Alesio serves as an External board advisor to Truffle Invest, a start-up fintech platform providing wealth managers and financial advisors with access to private capital for their client base.
Chris Jones: judging single manager and FoHF awards
Chief executive, Graham Capital
Chris Jones is chief executive of Graham Capital Management’s London-based affiliate, responsible for managing the business operations of the London office as well as the firm’s European investor relations. Prior to joining Graham in 2016, Jones was managing director and head of investment advisory from March 2012 to February 2016 at investment consultant bfinance where he managed relationships with a variety of global institutional and private clients. From January 2005 to February 2012 he was chief investment officer of Key Asset Management, a fund of hedge funds, where he was responsible for the oversight of the investment and risk management of a several funds of hedge funds.
Jones is currently a Fellow of the University of Cambridge where he lectures postgraduate courses on hedge funds and risk management at the Judge Business School.
Romule Nohasiarisoa: judging single manager awards
Manager research consultant – hedge funds, Mercer
Romule Nohasiarisoa joined the hedge fund boutique, a unit within Mercer Investments in London in May 2016 as a senior researcher. He has been researching hedge fund managers and strategies since February 2003 and has worked for a number of large international institutions in Canada and Europe including Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (Montreal, Canada), Scotia Bank (Toronto, Canada), UBS Wealth Management (Zurich, Switzerland), PGGM (Netherlands) and ABN Amro (Netherlands).
Nohasiarisoa began his career at Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec in December 1998 within an internally run global macro strategy. He is a CFA charter holder and has a master degree in bank and finance from the Université Paris XIII – Villetaneuse, France.
Tushar Patel: judging single manager and FoHFs awards
Managing director, Hedge Funds Investment Management (HFIM)
Tushar Patel is the investment manager and managing director at Hedge Funds Investment Management (HFIM). He is responsible for investment management for hedge funds activities at the firm. He is a graduated in economics, chartered accountant, fellow of Securities Institute, alumni of London Business School, associate member of the Society of Investment Professionals, a member of the CFA Institute, CFAUK and formerly an individual member of the London Stock Exchange. He has previously served on a number of industry committees, including the hedge fund committee at the Alternative Investment Management Association (Aima) in London and currently on the hedge fund research club steering committee at the CFA Institute, UK.
Natasha Reeve-Gray: judging single manager and FoHFs awards
Founder and CEO of Perimeta Partners
Natasha Reeve-Gray has worked in the alternative investment industry for over 20 years, specialising in managed futures and systematic quant businesses. She has been a speaker and panellist for a variety of industry related organisations such as Hedge Fund Lion’s Den Season 2 and Top Traders unplugged. Ms Reeve-Gray was also voted one of the leading women in hedge funds by Hedge Fund Journal in 2010.
Ms Reeve-Gray co-founded Altis Partners in 2000, which became one of the largest systematic trend following managers growing assets at peak to over $1.6bn. At Altis she was a principal, director and a member of the investment committee. Her role within Altis was business development, expanding to operational and general oversight over 10 years.
In 2018 she founded Perimeta Partners, a research-driven, quantitative, multi-strategy investment manager that uses an evidence-based, adaptive learning approach to portfolio optimisation.
She is also a successful venture capital style investor into early-stage, start-up businesses.
Peter Rigg: judging single manager and FoHFs awards
Partner, Crossbow Partners
Peter Rigg is a partner at Crossbow Partners, a Swiss based boutique that provides alternative investment solutions for institutional and family office clients. Previously he worked for HSBC for 21 years in London, New York and Geneva, always in the field of alternative investments. His experience covered research, portfolio management, client advisory as well as management roles. He served as CEO of HSBC Alternative Investments with responsibility for hedge fund, private equity and real estate businesses in HSBC Private Bank.
Matthew Roberts: judging single manager awards
Portfolio manager and head of Fulcrum Alternative Strategies
Matthew Roberts joined Fulcrum in 2018 to run Fulcrum Alternative Strategies. The Fulcrum Alternative Strategies team develops solutions designed to offer diversification from core bond and equity markets. These solutions span the full liquidity spectrum from daily dealing funds to illiquid co-investments.
Previously he was a portfolio manager for the Towers Watson Partners Fund since 2014 as well as responsible for decision making on a range of delegated and fiduciary pension fund portfolios. From 2005 he was a manager researcher in fixed income, hedge funds and other alternatives.
Mr Roberts has authored several research pieces on topics including currency, trend following and risk parity. He has also participated in detailed projects with large institutional investors and wealth management groups, helping them with governance